March Forum: Green Lifestyles

March 10, 2013

At GreenHomeNYC buildings are our passion, but we also recognize that the ways to incorporate sustainably aren’t limited to the buildings you occupy. Our March forum, Green Lifestyles, will focus on simple ways you can incorporate sustainability into other aspects of your life. Our panel of speakers will be focusing on everything from transportation to green cleaning products so there’s sure to be something for everyone! We hope to see you there!   This forum is free and open to the public! Date: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm Place: Hafele Showroom, 25 E 26th St., Manhattan, NY 10010 Click here to RSVP!   Our speakers will include:   Bios posted as they become available.   Chrys Napolitano, Locust Point Civic Association   Chrys is a local food activist, writer, community organizer and Master Composter Candidate with the NY Compost Project. For the last 12 years, as a board member of the Locust Point Civic Association in the Throggs Neck section of the Bronx, she has worked to raise awareness about the environment, sustainability, energy efficiency and the effects of climate change on waterfront communities. In 2012, she co-hosted “Earth Day Our Way” which included speakers from GreenHomeNYC, the Department of Sanitation and a New York State CSA farmer. She was part of the core group that began a successful CSA, started a community composting effort and also supervised the construction of a new playground at the civic house property. In her bi-monthly column in the Bronx Times Reporter, “Food for Thought”, she discusses issues dearest to her heart: cooking with local, seasonal ingredients, organic gardening and composting. By “bringing everyone to the table” to talk about food and share meals that are delicious and nutritious, she believes that the ripple effect can be far reaching. She will discuss the changes that she and her family have made to eat better, more seasonally and sustainably while still enjoying delicious food. Erica Brabon, BPI MFBA, LEED AP O+M, Senior Consultant   Erica has specific expertise in energy efficiency in multifamily and commercial buildings. Her work at SWA focuses on energy benchmarking and auditing, health and safety in buildings, training building operators and maintenance staff in sustainable operations and energy efficiency, curriculum development, LEED certification and development and implementation of sustainable business practices. Ms. Brabon is currently working with multifamily buildings across NYC to cut energy consumption and increase building performance under NYSERDA’s Multifamily Performance Program.   Glen Nison, NYC Department of Sanitation   Glen Nison is an Outreach Specialist for the Bureau of Waste Prevention, Reuse and Recycling in New York City’s Department of Sanitation. He has been working for the Department since recycling became mandatory in 1989. Prior to working for Sanitation, Glen was an Urban Park Ranger working mostly in Prospect Park, Brooklyn. Glen works with schools, City agencies, institutions and residential buildings (from single-family homes to large complexes ) providing them with guidance on how to recycle effectively. Glen is also an avid outdoorsman, cyclist and photographer. He lives in Brooklyn Heights. Jessica Schreiber, re-fashioNYC   Jessica Schreiber is a Program Manager for the Bureau of Waste Prevention, Reuse, and Recycling in New York City’s Department of Sanitation. She is currently working on a study of NYC’s commercial waste management system and an update to the 2005 characterization study of NYC’s residential waste stream. Jessica manages the City’s textile recycling program, re-fashioNYC, and is additionally responsible for the Bureau’s social media channels, NYC Recycles. She has a Masters Degree in Climate and Society from Columbia University, which integrates climate/environmental science and communication to foster sustainable development. She co-authors a food blog and is an avid tree hugger.   Kady Ferguson, Green City Challenge   In Brooklyn, Kady is actively engaged in various environmental initiatives and serves as the Director of Zero Waste with Sustainable Flatbush. From DIY to ReIY(reuse it yourself), Kady brings together and supports community activists to address the challenges of zero waste change. A certified Master Composter, she oversees a community compost project, and is helping to build the capacity of local sustainability practitioners to advance and accelerate community-scale environmental practices and programs in Flatbush Brooklyn.  As a Board Member of Green City Challenge, Kady has facilitated workshops, played a key role in organization event planning and execution, and volunteer engagement. She currently Chairs the Board of Directors, and participates in Governance, establishing policies and procedures that will enable the organization to effectively achieve it’s mission to educate New Yorkers on how to live, work and eat green.   Rebecca Krauss,  Lower East Side Ecology Center   As Program Manager for the Lower East SIde Ecology Side Center’s EcoBizNYC, Rebecca Krauss has overseen sustainability assessments and improvements for over 100 small businesses in New York City, as well as trained dozens of interns to conduct sustainability assessments. With her spacial intuition and eye for detail, organizing has been a passion since childhood. After organizing dozens of rooms, shelves, offices, filing systems, closets, and cabinets she is able to quickly assess organizational needs and solutions in any space. She holds a B.A. in Sustainability from Hampshire College, and a Masters of Urban Planning from the NYU Wagner School of Public Service, and is a certified LEED Green Associate.